Artrage on my MacBook with pressure-sensitive stylus; some tweaking in Photoshop.
Direct and freehand from a photograph.
60-90 minutes.

March-April 2010, I intend to draw a different contemporary artist every day.

Today’s artist is American Virginia Hein, who makes beautiful travel sketches, portraits, and landscapes in a variety of media including pen, watercolor, and oil pastel. I enjoy the sure accuracy of her lines, the way she uses color (sometimes only a little bit) and the vivid way she sees and portrays light. I’m in awe of her ability to compress large space onto small paper and keep all the necessary details.

You can see Virginia’s artwork on her flickr imagestream:

And an interesting profile of her here:…

Photos of Virginia and other artists’ portraits of her can be seen here:…

Julia Kay the WizardWe’re having a Portrait Party on flickr – more than 100 artists drawing each other! Here’s Virginia’s portrait of me from the party. If you’re an artist who’d like to draw/paint other flickr artists, please join the Portrait Party at: